The report is the latest bad news for the 345,400 square kilometer colorful coral network off the northeast Australian coast. REUTERS/David Gray
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The government agency that manages Australia's Great Barrier Reef has downgraded its outlook for the corals' condition from "poor" to "very poor" due to warming oceans. The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority's condition report, which is updated every five years, is the latest bad news for the 345,400 square kilometer colorful coral network off the northeast Australian coast as climate change and coral bleaching take their toll.A study of coral bleaching on the reef, published in the journal Nature in 2017, found 91 percent of the coral reef had been bleached at least once during three bleaching events of the past two decades, the most serious event occurring in 2016 .
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